THIS IS KNOWN AS THE NEW CEMETERY BOHERMORE AND IT IS SOMETIMES DESCRIBED AS A VICTORIAN CEMETERY
Last year one place that I really wanted to visit during my three days in Galway was Bohermore Cemetery. Unfortunately it rained all the time and my visit to the cemetery was a waste of time. This year I delayed my visit until July hoping that the weather would be better but unfortunately the weather was even worse but this year I had brought along better weather protection for myself and my camera. Because of weather protection I was limited to using a small 25mm Zeiss Lens.
A picturesque modest gate lodge forms an attractive landmark at the entrance to Bohermore Cemetery. The gate lodge, together with the attendant gateway, contributes positively to the streetscape and to the historic cemetery where the writers Pádraic Ó Conaire, Lady Gregory and Walter Macken are buried, as also William Joyce (‘Lord Haw-Haw’).
When I first photographed this interesting cemetery a many years ago a number of people objected to me describing it as a ‘Victorian Cemetery’ as it does not have the necessary features. According Wikipedia “The origins of the Victorian cemetery were based on Victorian ideas of regulation and structure, much like other parts of Victorian society such as workhouses, asylums and prisons. The Victorian cemetery was a new way of burying people due to innovative landscape design and architecture. After 1800 dedicated garden cemeteries were created to solve earlier problems with overcrowding and sanitation. Their designs were based on the idea of Arcadia.”